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Balloon Man

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by Bryan Costales external link

The young artist, named Westley Williams, used a stick to draw a balloon shape into the dirt of a trail at Baker Bay Campground in Oregon. He then sketched a face inside the balloon and insured the smile was a lopsided one. The transient nature of this art insured that it would never exist again after this day.

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Entrance With Pointing Hand

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by Bryan Costales external link

An "Entrance" sign had been painted on the glass front window of a store. A gray curtain hung behind the sign, and part of a tree was reflected by the glass. Below that hand was a picture of a hand with one finger extended to indicate the direction in which the "Entrance" lay.

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"Welcome"

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by Bryan Costales external link

A frog held a "Welcome" sign with its red metal fingers. Behind the frog was a, "Business Hours," sign. To the right of the frog was a "Free WiFi," sign next to an open door. To the left of the frog was a black metal bench upon which visitors could sit. Below on the ground was a large stainless steel bowl filled with water for the occasional passing dog. Inside on the floor of the coffee shop were pumpkins in advance of Halloween.

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Stickers On Old Plywood

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by Bryan Costales external link

A store front was covered in plywood to hide interior construction. The plywood had in the past been painted black but now appeared weathered gray. Many stickers adorned the plywood. Some were torn and partly removed to make way for newer stickers. One new sticker whispered in sign language, "Fuck That Noise.". The other new sticker displayed the unhoused and downtrodden, and read in English, "We Are Not The Problem."

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Echo Arrow

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by Bryan Costales external link

An arrow was painted on the asphalt surface of a parking lot at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park. A new arrow was painted over an old arrow, where the first was offset from the second. The resulting effect was either that of an arrow and its echo, or of a 3D arrow. Or perhaps the arrow was traveling really fast.

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Spray Painted Face

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by Bryan Costales external link

An unknown someone spray painted a smiling face on the side of a brick wall. He/She used black spray paint to draw the face. And later, either that person, or another, colored the eyes with blue chalk. The result was a sign on a wall that expressed (among other thoughts) the thought, "Smile."

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Avocet non-breeding plumage

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by Terry Costales

This photo was taken late March of this year and many birds were still in just black and white. For courting and breeding the necks and chest acquire a rusty or tan color. They really seem to enjoy their mud-flats.

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Blue And Pink

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by Bryan Costales external link

A blue elephant, facing the street, was painted below the front windows of a closed store at 214 Valencia Street, San Francisco. To right of the the blue elephant was a pink elephant which looked left and was outlined in electric blue.

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Great Egret (Ardea Alba)

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by Terry Costales

These large egrets are graceful and breathtaking in flight. I watched this bird flying back and forth several times bringing nesting material back to it's mate. There was only one pair that I saw amongst dozens of the smaller Snowy Egrets.

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Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)

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by Terry Costales

Of course England has it's fair share of "flying rats". For some reason this one in Hyde Park seemed more like an actual bird to me than just feathered vermin. I'm sure if I was there long enough they would become just as annoying as pigeons are here at home.

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White Pelicans

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by Terry Costales

Taking photos from a boat was a new experience. I was able to get much closer to this flock of Pelicans before they took flight. These appear to be Australian Pelicans because of the pink bills. Or do American White Pelicans have pink bills in the winter? Further research needed.

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Great Egret flying

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by Terry Costales

To get a shot of a graceful bird flying is always a coup.

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Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

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by Terry Costales

This snowy owl at the Dublin Zoo was very quiet but, if it had spoken, it would have had an unusual voice.

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Male Lion Sleeping

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by Terry Costales

Here is a photo of a lion doing what a lion does best.

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Artist's Signature

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by Bryan Costales external link

The artist's signature was written in the extreme lower left of the mural. It appeared to read, "Aukis."

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

I got this shot just as the egret was landing. Look closely and you can see the feet haven't quite come to rest on the pipe.

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Beige Elephant

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by Bryan Costales external link

A beige elephant was painted below the windows of a closed store at 214 Valencia Street in San Francisco. It was outlined in an electric blue.

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

The Great Egret has just caught a small fish.

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Zebra (Equus burchelli boehmi)

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by Terry Costales

A beautiful Zebra with gorgeous long lashes. I would love to see Zebras in California fields alongside the horses, sheep and cows. We have Ostriches and Llamas, why not Zebras?

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Great Egret (ardea alba)

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by Terry Costales

This shows all the markings you would look for in identifying this bird in the breeding season. The lacy plumes on the back and the green/blue "mask" that extends from the base of the bill to the eye are only present during this time. The Audubon Society came into existence to stop the extermination of great Egrets by plume hunters and has this bird as it's logo. Great Egrets are found world-wide, even in Australia .

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

I was fascinated to watch this egret hunt . He moved very patiently and slowly, then his head would dart into the shallow water and he would come up with a little fish. It must take a lot of little fish to fill such a large bird.

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Great Egret and Pheasant

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by Terry Costales

I didn't see a pheasant when I looked at this tree, only the Egret. As the boat drew nearer to the tree the pheasant burst out, startling the egret and me. I tried to get a shot of them as they flew past, but I was much too slow. It wasn't until I looked at the photos at home that I had the pleasure to see I had gotten a shot of the pheasant after all.

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Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

I think I am addicted to taking shots of flying egrets.

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Avocet in breeding plumage (Recurvirostra americana)

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by Terry Costales

This view shows the extent of the buff coloring avocets acquire on neck and chest in the breeding season. They stand about 15 to 20 inches tall and Wikipedia has more info on these birds if you're interested.

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Statue of a hug near the carriage ride

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by Bryan Costales

Creek Fire had been walking since he had become a man. His hunting dog, Pebble, trotted along, always on the side opposite his walking staff. Creek had been traveling for two years and had visited dozens of villages. Because Creek had also been trying to map his travels, he soon discovered that all villages in his world were laid out on a perfectly square grid. He'd once counted his steps and decided one village was always fifty thousand steps from the next. Always seven day's travel by foot. . . .

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